With the traditional beginning of summer upon us, there is no vacation from the regulatory actions of importance to broadcasters. Let’s start with the routine actions for the new month.
As we enter the last quarter of the year, the broadcasters’ October calendar is full of important regulatory dates and deadlines. Broadcast Law Blog shares some of those dates and urges you to stay in close touch with your lawyers, engineers and consultants for the dates and deadlines applicable to your station’s operations.
March is one of those months where without the Annual EEO Public File Reports that come up for different states every other month, or without the Quarterly Issues Programs List and Children’s Television Report obligations that arise following the end of every calendar quarter. But this March has two very significant deadlines right at the beginning of the month — Online Public Files for radio and Biennial Ownership Reports — that will impose obligations on most broadcasters.
April has many important dates for broadcasters. This includes both regular regulatory obligations and dates unique to this April for both radio and TV — including the release of the FCC’s Closing Notice for the TV incentive auction and the effective date for the new rules liberalizing the location of FM translators used to rebroadcast AM stations.
April brings the whole panoply of routine regulatory dates — from the need to prepare EEO Public File and Noncommercial Ownership Reports in some states, to Quarterly Issues Programs lists for all full-power broadcast stations and Quarterly Children’s Television Programming Reports for all TV stations. So let’s look at some of the specific dates that broadcasters need to remember this coming month.
March appears to be another busy month on the FCC’s regulatory calendar. While March is one of those months where there is not the usual assortment of EEO public file reports, quarterly issues programs lists or children’s television reports and noncommercial ownership report obligations, it is a month with many other significant regulatory dates.
The dates set out on the calendar include not only FCC filing deadlines and dates by which the FCC requires that certain documents be placed in a station’s public file, but also some special dates. Also included are lowest unit rate windows for the many primaries and elections that will be occurring this year, as well as certain other dates dealing with copyright matters.